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Pretty Simple Cocktails

Margaritas, Mocktails, Spritzes, and More for Every Mood and Occasion

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Hardcover (Paper-over-Board, no jacket)
$24.99 US
6.79"W x 9.31"H x 0.79"D   | 21 oz | 24 per carton
On sale Jul 23, 2024 | 176 Pages | 9780593582022
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85 deliciously dreamy cocktails, mocktails, and simple syrup mixers from the beloved social media drinks specialist Join Jules.
 
Self-taught cocktail pro Julianna McIntosh offers spirited inspiration and recipes for home cocktail makers of all levels. From state-of-mind spritzes to margaritas for every mood, punches, martinis, and booze-free beauties, Jules’s dazzling collection is served up with grace and flair. In addition to recipes for drinks, home mixologists will learn how to make their creations stand out using floral ice cubes, salted and sugared rims, dehydrated citrus, and bruléed fruit. 

Recipes include:
• Relaxed Refreshers: Tequila Mango Refresher, Low-ABV Spicy Fizz
• Spritz is a State of Mind: Sparkling Cosmo Spritz, Rosé All Day Spritz
• A Margarita For Every Mood: Pineapple Mezcal Margarita, Aperol Strawberry Coconut Margarita
• Start the Party on a High Note: Olive Oil Martini, Stone Fruit Whiskey Sour
• Drinks for Cozy Occasions: Tiramisu Espresso-tini, Homemade Citrus-Cello
• Booze-Free Beauties: Watermelon Smash, Garden Refresher Punch
• Syrups (to be mixed with alcohol or with n/a mixers): Passionfruit Syrup, Prosecco Syrup

With practical guidance for batching up, serving, and stocking your home bar, too, Pretty Simple Cocktails is the new go-to for drinking with style.
Pretty Simple Cocktails offers pages and pages of ideas on how to seasonally surprise your guests. It’s an ideal book for folks who want to ‘wow’ their friends and family with beautiful cocktails that are approachable and easy to make.”—Toby Maloney, James Beard Award-winning bartender and author of The Bartender’s Manifesto
 
“With a drink for every occasion, everyone should be ‘Joining Jules’ with this vibrant, beautifully curated cocktail book. Whether you are a beginner, cocktail enthusiast, or master mixologist, there’s plenty to discover. Definitely try the Avocado Margarita—you won’t regret it!”—Kaitlyn Stewart, global bartending champion, cocktail consultant, and curator
 
“Inside the pages of Pretty Simple Cocktails, you will find a series of approachable yet elegant beverages to upgrade your bartending skills. This book is a treasure trove for aspiring home bartenders and seasoned mixologists alike—offering inspiration for bar basics, seasonal specialties, elevated classics, and nonalcoholic options.”—Chloe Peters at the Feedfeed
 
“Julianna McIntosh’s cocktails are beautifully crafted, and her culinary choices for garnish are designed to add flavor not just decoration.”—Dale DeGroff, author of The New Craft of the Cocktail
Julianna McIntosh started the online platform Join Jules in San Diego with the idea that everyone ought to be able to enjoy a craft cocktail at home without having to go to professional bartending school. Join Jules has since grown into a community and one-stop-shop for everything home cocktailers need to create the happiest of hours in the comfort of their own homes. View titles by Julianna McIntosh
Introduction

If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume that you appreciate a good cocktail. Maybe you’ve been shaking up drinks for decades, or maybe you’re just starting to set up the bar of your dreams in your first apartment. Whoever you are, welcome to the party—we’ve got plenty of booze, bubbles, and mocktails to go around.

If you’re used to ordering cocktails from professionals (aka mixologists or your best friend who is really into home bartending), mixing a drink can seem mysterious and even intimidating. But as I’ve learned, you don’t need a commercially stocked bar full of specialty liqueurs and bitters (or even any crazy tools) to make a perfectly balanced, impeccably garnished drink. There really is no right or wrong entry level for making great drinks at home—anyone can do it. At the end of the day, at-home bartending isn’t so different from cooking. It’s all about being inventive with the fresh ingredients you have on hand and keeping an open mind toward experimentation.

I still remember the moment it all clicked for me. I was in my early twenties, and my uncle Brad invited me over for a mini bartending lesson. Knowing that I was starting to take a budding interest in cocktails, Brad cleared off his kitchen island to set up two identical bartending stations, one for me, one for him. Each was equipped with ingredients, shakers, and recipes for three classic cocktails: the old-fashioned, the Aviation, and the sidecar.

With the first sip of my homemade sidecar, I knew this was only the beginning for me. With just three ingredients and some shaking and straining, I had made a drinkable piece of art—something that would have cost upwards of $15 at a bar but can cost an estimated $4 per drink at home.

Since then, I’ve made hundreds (maybe thousands) of drinks for friends, family, and the passionate community of Internet cocktail folks who know me as Join Jules online. My uncle Brad and I even host a podcast called The Art of Drinking, where Brad takes on a classic every week and I add a modern twist.

My recipes focus on approachability and fresh flavors. You don’t need professional experience behind the bar to make an herbaceous, floral masterpiece that channels the smells and sights of walking through a garden.

As someone who grew up in a family that’s been farming in Northern California for more than 150 years, I draw a lot of inspiration from the seasons. I like to peruse the farmers’ markets and grocery stores in San Diego, where I live, and explore seasonal flavor combinations from what I see there.

As you’ll learn from the juices, syrups, and shrubs in this book, there are endless ways to preserve atpeak produce to bring more life into your cocktails.

Whatever you have growing in your garden or ripening on your counter, I hope that reading this book will help you create the happiest of happy hours in the comfort of your own home and empower you to improvise when inspiration strikes.

Make a cocktail right the first time so you know what good tastes like. From there, all that matters is what you like. Like it sweeter? Add a little extra syrup. More tart? Use the whole lime. With a little kick? Add salt to the rim. So, let’s grab a glass from the shelf, throw some ice in that shaker, and find you the perfect drink.

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About

85 deliciously dreamy cocktails, mocktails, and simple syrup mixers from the beloved social media drinks specialist Join Jules.
 
Self-taught cocktail pro Julianna McIntosh offers spirited inspiration and recipes for home cocktail makers of all levels. From state-of-mind spritzes to margaritas for every mood, punches, martinis, and booze-free beauties, Jules’s dazzling collection is served up with grace and flair. In addition to recipes for drinks, home mixologists will learn how to make their creations stand out using floral ice cubes, salted and sugared rims, dehydrated citrus, and bruléed fruit. 

Recipes include:
• Relaxed Refreshers: Tequila Mango Refresher, Low-ABV Spicy Fizz
• Spritz is a State of Mind: Sparkling Cosmo Spritz, Rosé All Day Spritz
• A Margarita For Every Mood: Pineapple Mezcal Margarita, Aperol Strawberry Coconut Margarita
• Start the Party on a High Note: Olive Oil Martini, Stone Fruit Whiskey Sour
• Drinks for Cozy Occasions: Tiramisu Espresso-tini, Homemade Citrus-Cello
• Booze-Free Beauties: Watermelon Smash, Garden Refresher Punch
• Syrups (to be mixed with alcohol or with n/a mixers): Passionfruit Syrup, Prosecco Syrup

With practical guidance for batching up, serving, and stocking your home bar, too, Pretty Simple Cocktails is the new go-to for drinking with style.

Praise

Pretty Simple Cocktails offers pages and pages of ideas on how to seasonally surprise your guests. It’s an ideal book for folks who want to ‘wow’ their friends and family with beautiful cocktails that are approachable and easy to make.”—Toby Maloney, James Beard Award-winning bartender and author of The Bartender’s Manifesto
 
“With a drink for every occasion, everyone should be ‘Joining Jules’ with this vibrant, beautifully curated cocktail book. Whether you are a beginner, cocktail enthusiast, or master mixologist, there’s plenty to discover. Definitely try the Avocado Margarita—you won’t regret it!”—Kaitlyn Stewart, global bartending champion, cocktail consultant, and curator
 
“Inside the pages of Pretty Simple Cocktails, you will find a series of approachable yet elegant beverages to upgrade your bartending skills. This book is a treasure trove for aspiring home bartenders and seasoned mixologists alike—offering inspiration for bar basics, seasonal specialties, elevated classics, and nonalcoholic options.”—Chloe Peters at the Feedfeed
 
“Julianna McIntosh’s cocktails are beautifully crafted, and her culinary choices for garnish are designed to add flavor not just decoration.”—Dale DeGroff, author of The New Craft of the Cocktail

Author

Julianna McIntosh started the online platform Join Jules in San Diego with the idea that everyone ought to be able to enjoy a craft cocktail at home without having to go to professional bartending school. Join Jules has since grown into a community and one-stop-shop for everything home cocktailers need to create the happiest of hours in the comfort of their own homes. View titles by Julianna McIntosh

Excerpt

Introduction

If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume that you appreciate a good cocktail. Maybe you’ve been shaking up drinks for decades, or maybe you’re just starting to set up the bar of your dreams in your first apartment. Whoever you are, welcome to the party—we’ve got plenty of booze, bubbles, and mocktails to go around.

If you’re used to ordering cocktails from professionals (aka mixologists or your best friend who is really into home bartending), mixing a drink can seem mysterious and even intimidating. But as I’ve learned, you don’t need a commercially stocked bar full of specialty liqueurs and bitters (or even any crazy tools) to make a perfectly balanced, impeccably garnished drink. There really is no right or wrong entry level for making great drinks at home—anyone can do it. At the end of the day, at-home bartending isn’t so different from cooking. It’s all about being inventive with the fresh ingredients you have on hand and keeping an open mind toward experimentation.

I still remember the moment it all clicked for me. I was in my early twenties, and my uncle Brad invited me over for a mini bartending lesson. Knowing that I was starting to take a budding interest in cocktails, Brad cleared off his kitchen island to set up two identical bartending stations, one for me, one for him. Each was equipped with ingredients, shakers, and recipes for three classic cocktails: the old-fashioned, the Aviation, and the sidecar.

With the first sip of my homemade sidecar, I knew this was only the beginning for me. With just three ingredients and some shaking and straining, I had made a drinkable piece of art—something that would have cost upwards of $15 at a bar but can cost an estimated $4 per drink at home.

Since then, I’ve made hundreds (maybe thousands) of drinks for friends, family, and the passionate community of Internet cocktail folks who know me as Join Jules online. My uncle Brad and I even host a podcast called The Art of Drinking, where Brad takes on a classic every week and I add a modern twist.

My recipes focus on approachability and fresh flavors. You don’t need professional experience behind the bar to make an herbaceous, floral masterpiece that channels the smells and sights of walking through a garden.

As someone who grew up in a family that’s been farming in Northern California for more than 150 years, I draw a lot of inspiration from the seasons. I like to peruse the farmers’ markets and grocery stores in San Diego, where I live, and explore seasonal flavor combinations from what I see there.

As you’ll learn from the juices, syrups, and shrubs in this book, there are endless ways to preserve atpeak produce to bring more life into your cocktails.

Whatever you have growing in your garden or ripening on your counter, I hope that reading this book will help you create the happiest of happy hours in the comfort of your own home and empower you to improvise when inspiration strikes.

Make a cocktail right the first time so you know what good tastes like. From there, all that matters is what you like. Like it sweeter? Add a little extra syrup. More tart? Use the whole lime. With a little kick? Add salt to the rim. So, let’s grab a glass from the shelf, throw some ice in that shaker, and find you the perfect drink.

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